Humiliation at Greenhous Meadow
Bury suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Tuesday evening as they lost 5-0 against Shrewsbury at Greenhous Meadow.
A hat trick from former loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and goals from Connor Goldson and Jordan Clark ensured Bury left SY2 with no points.
David Flitcroft named an unchanged starting eleven to play Shrewsbury but there was two changes on the bench with Danny Nardiello and Clive Platt missing out, Joe Thompson and James Poole their replacements.
Shrewsbury were unbeaten at home going into the game and took the lead in the third minute through former Shakers loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Salop captain Connor Goldson played a diagonal ball pass over the Bury defence and Akpa Akpro fired it across Rob Lainton for an early lead.
GOAL: Shrewsbury 1-0 Bury (Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 3')
Tom Soares was shown a yellow card in the 11th minute after bringing down Akpa Akpro and from the resulting free kick Lainton made a fantastic reflex save from Connor Goldson. Mickey Demetriou whipped the ball in from the left hand side and it was met by Goldson but Lainton grabbed it at the second attempt.
The home side doubled their advantage in the 19th minute through captain Goldson. Bobby Grant swung a corner to the front post and Goldson powered an unmarked header past Lainton to make it 2-0.
GOAL: Shrewsbury 2-0 Bury (Connor Goldson 19')
Shrewsbury continued their pressure in the first half and added a third sixteen minutes later. Bobby Grant played a free kick into James Collins and, after strong appeals for handball were turned down, crossed to the back post and Akpa Akpro had a free header to make it 3-0.
GOAL: Shrewsbury 3-0 Bury (Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 35')
The closest Bury came to a goal in the first half was in the 42nd minute when Ryan Lowe floated a free kick just over the bar, leaving David Flitcroft with a big team talk during the interval.
HT: Shrewsbury 3-0 Bury
Flitcroft made two changes at half time with Chris Hussey and Andrew Tutte replacing Nicky Adams and Danny Rose.
Neither of the substitutes could prevent Shrewsbury's fourth goal though as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro sealed his hat trick in the 51st minute. James Wesolowski won the ball on the edge of the area and fed Akpa Akpro, who spun his marker and fired through his legs and past the dive of Rob Lainton.
GOAL: Shrewsbury 4-0 Bury (Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 51')
After the goal Bury pushed on for a way back into the game and were nearly rewarded in the 65th minute. Tom Soares surged forward past two Shrewsbury defenders and squared for Craig Jones but he couldn't get a strong enough contact on it and the danger was cleared.
The home side introduced Jordan Clark for Bobby Grant two minutes after the Bury chance and he made an immediate impact by making it 5-0 in the 73rd minute. Ryan Woods chipped the ball over the Bury defence for Clark to bring down on his chest and volley into the back of the net.
GOAL: Shrewsbury 5-0 Bury (Jordan Clark 73')
With the game all but over Bury attempted to add a consolation but couldn't test Jayson Leutwiler and the game finished 5-0 to the home side, leaving Bury an important few days to regroup ahead of Saturday's trip to Southend.
FT: Shrewsbury 5-0 Bury
Bury: Lainton, McNulty, Mills, Cameron, Mayor (Sedgwick 65), Etuhu, Soares, Jones, Adams (Hussey 45), Lowe, Rose (Tutte 45)
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Goldson, Grandison, Knight-Percival, Grimmer, Wesolowski, Woods (Griffith 77), Demetriou, Grant (Clark 67), Collins, Akpa Akpro (Vernon 74)
Attendance: 4,233 (349)